At a Loss

I don’t know if paying attention is doing any good anymore.  I have been looking into the Fed action performed during the crisis that (thanks to Bloomberg) has finally come to partial light in  the past week and cant help but wonder if I am not better off just keeping my head down and ignoring the glaring abuses of the powers that be.  How come when i go off on a tangent about this stuff with a friend or colleague i get that look of, ‘here he goes again’ and the common reply of, ‘there is nothing you can do about it, just try not to think so much and keep going, it’s all you can do to stay sane.’

but i don’t feel sane anymore.  i am not a ‘socialist’, but I can’t help wonder if the trillions of dollars that ‘saved us from financial Armageddon’ couldnt have been put to better use actually writing down notes and debt to levels that would help the economy grow instead of propping up insolvent institutions and letting them use our supposed junk mortgages (that wouldn’t be junk if written down) as collateral to borrow money for virtually nothing then loaning it back to us.  it just seems so simple.

but moral hazard is a one way street, and we the people are not going the right way on it.  we are getting run over.  and i wonder if there is anything we can do, or better yet would be willing to do.

imagine a few million of us making a point by not paying our bills.  so many developers and ‘entrepeneurs’ decided to strategically default on various debts for accounting purposes.  what if we had a movement of people who threatened to stop paying any bill to a bank or major credit card company, so-called voting with our pocket books.  not because we are forced to for financial reasons but because enough of us doing this would literally cripple the corrupt system.  do you think people would do it?  enough people?

i remember hearing dave marsh fill in for someone on a talk radio show just after the ’08 meltdown when the banks were helping themselves to whatever they needed- he went off on a rant about how all americans should stop paying their mortgage as a protest against the bailouts.  i never heard dave marsh talk politics again on that show.

a huge movement, it may already exist.  just throw the simplest cog into the wheel.  or just threaten it!  no more capital transfers in that direction.  fuck your credit score, its a leash.  turn the one way road the other direction- taking out a few cadillac escalades in the process.

better try not to think too much… just keep plugging along

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old email

an email i sent to some friends that a buddy just sent me from a year ago.  guess i was as pissed off back then as i am now.  how long can a person stay this pissed off without fostering health issues? excuse the rambling

August 31, 2010

Gentlemen,

No more tunes?

Sorry it took me so long to reply to the political chat
here.  A few points and q’s:

Lemmon you prick.  ron paul is cool and all but he is still a
fuckbag republican you ass, therefore he is tacitly (like it or not) behind the
continued domination of the corporate backed two party system.  Look up
the banishment of the league of women voters debate series, post-ross perot and
his accurate ‘huge sucking sound of jobs going overseas’ performance. (that’s
right Callaghan, that douchbag Clinton whom we both voted for helped continue
this fifty year looting of our once great republic. Like his successors- a
corporate shill.)  the two parties have a much tighter hold on the
electoral process (through means stated above and cash donations from the
corporate powers that be) than the communist party ever had even under the iron
fist of stalin (save during the great purges of the thirties… that bloody dwarf
yezhov got what was coming to him?)  If ron paul had a half a shrunken old
sack he would gain enough momentum and run as a new breed after destroying from
the inside all the benefits the two parties (gangs) receive.  He would distance
himself from whitty’s bible thumping buddy glenn beck and his halfwit Wasilla
sidekick sarah, and say what the hell is wrong with you people?  This is
my party?  Fuck that!

Yes I am bitter.  I fell for the joke of history and
consented when asked two Novembers ago if I felt that this spry young man
could lead this dying country out of the rut guiding us off the cliff imperial
death.

I put aside my hatred of the two party system even though
good hearted right wing zealots like my buddy whitty tried their best to talk
me off the cliff of good rhetoric (I am sure he pulled out the King James and
said a prayer or two for me and the future of this nation created in the name
of divine providence, he was told to by the crying meglo).

I looked up the contributions pre-election and was
unnerved by the monies donated by the likes of goldman, citigroup and jp, but
figured hey, maybe he’ll take their loot and fuck em’.  What the hell kind
of naïve political tool falls for that shit? A RACSIST THAT’S WHO!!!!  I
wake up at night in cold sweats wondering how I could be so duped -and finally
at three twenty two a.m. one night in a tizzy I went to my daughters room to
look in on her with panic in my heart wondering what this place will be like
when she is old and decrepit like me- I realized I was duped because I am a
rascist!  I wanted a black man to get elected during my lifetime, and
voted that way!  I am as racsist as david fucking duke!  I chose a
president the same way I would choose a fucking deck stain!  Especially if
that deck stain could read a teleprompter with great inflection!  FUCK ME!

Where did the rhetoric of the election go?  I spent hours
listening to FDR two months ago and what he had to say during the great
depression-  so impressed by how he called out the powers that be within
the elite community he belonged to and begged for their hatred.  THAT WAS
WHAT I EXPECTED FROM THIS TOOL?  WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO ME?  I am
full of regret.

He is a corporate shill of the worst kind,  he pretends to
be for the little guy he once represented as a young community organizer but in
reality shoves his big flat designer shoe right onto their needy heads as he
grabs more contributions from the corporate trolls. (see health care ‘reform’)

We are fucked boys and the bottom line is the two party system
must be destroyed, and a prerequisite to this destruction would be a frontal
assault on corporate power, the banking elite, and the oligarchs.

Contribute

after fishing for views on ZH, (pride be damned), i have gotten some response and have decided to go fishing once again- but this time for some commentary.  I figure there are a lot of us out there.  So called ‘E Myth-ers’ who have spent our lives in the trades, hoping to find a little slice of the American Dream by starting our own companies or trying to work up the ranks of someone elses company only to find ourselves asking-‘should i have gone to law school?’  or something like that.

i would like to start a conversation.  I would like to hear from anyone who wants to share a story about how the past six years of the largest greed to weeds era has effected you, you occupation and your world view.  And what is the future of this nations producers, and by that i mean those of us who actually create- not only tangible things but often times jobs for others.

if you are angry, scream.  if you are said, cry.  if you are happy because all your clients are VP’s at Goldman Sachs, gloat.

i will figure out how to convert a comment into a post- this stuff is new to me and i am sure it isn’t that hard.

 

The Machinist Speaks

Had a great conversation with a talented, educated machinist i know well and a union electrician i just met on a job site.

Scene: Conversation leads from lack of work to politics and the economy.  Machinist still a fan of Obama, electrician is as well because he is a card-carrying union member.  Madbuilder thinks the new boss is the same as the old boss (e.g. timmy geithner, no prosecutions of anybody responsible for the meltdown from his Justice Dept, Goldman giving more $ to his campaign for ’12 than they did in ’11…. can go on for hours)

Machinist: Madbuilder, your anarcho-syndicalist roots are showing and i think we should start a local union of all talented tradespeople in the valley, what do you think?

Madbuilder:  So it could become a very large corrupt organization/corporation like all the other unions in the country? no thanks.

Electrician:  that’s not fair, if it weren’t for the unions i wouldn’t have all the benefits i have now.  typical boss man eh?  bottom line before the workers.

Madbuilder: my employees have been treated well enough that when a shop steward came to one of our sites to talk to them about the carpenters union they ran him off.  so shove it.

Electricain:  well at least Obama is looking out for us union folk.  that’s enough for me.

Madbuilder: it doesn’t matter that he is in the pockets of Wall Street as long as he is in the pockets of the union bosses right?

Electrician walks away

Machinist: Gee.  some would say your distaste for the political system and the financial sector is getting borderline aggressive.

Madbuilder:  It is.

 

New Career

Still in business but having a hard time concentrating on building.  managed to keep our core seven guys busy- for now.  but there may be a change to the site in my effort to come to grips with what it is we are living through.  the lens of occupation is a good lens to view events through, but i feel as if the comments made after viewing through this lens needs to go elsewhere.  it’s not about builders or craftsmen but about the actual unraveling of societal fabric that holds the bottom 98% of our country together.  for it is us that are being screwed and the question needs to be asked- is any of this really fixable?  or are we kicking the can as we always do until eventually the entire system must come down to rebuild something better?  do we instigate this systemic breakdown?  what are the repercussions?  what are the repercussions of kicking the can?  will it just get worse as proclaimed by the like of ZH’s tyler durden, Karl Denniger, Gerald Celente, etc………..?

i’m at a loss.  i know if i didn’t have a wife and child to provide for (with credit cards for now) i would be out in a financial district’s streets at night looking for an investment banker to (non-violently) duct tape to a light post with a placard around neck proclaiming said person as one of the arsonists of a productive society.  or a political prostitute (congress person, aide, lobbyist) even better?  would it make the corporate news?

at what point do we as people being robbed turn the tide?

would it be better in the long run for our families if we did?